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Top 10 Cold Mist Humidifiers

When purchasing a humidifier, you will initially have the choice of two different types: cold mist or warm mist. There are various advantages to both, and some humidifiers even offer both types in one model.

A cold mist humidifier, as you may have guessed from the name, emits a cold mist rather than a warm mist. It works in a different way to a warm mist humidifier because it does not heat up the water to produce steam, but rather works with a fan and wicker system. Air from your room that is dry will enter the humidifier and, thanks to a fan, will pass through a wick filter. The air absorbs water from the wick and is then pushed out into the room. This adds moisture to the air in the room, balancing the humidity levels to a healthier, more comfortable level. The wick also has the effect of trapping any impurities in the air such as minerals, meaning the air that is emitted is pure.

Some humidifiers on this list, however, are ultrasonic humidifiers. This type of humidifier has a different type of technology that helps it run. Instead of the fan and wick, a small plate vibrates at an ultrasonic speed. The power of this plate breaks up the water in the filter into vapor, which is then pushed out into the room. Ultrasonic humidifiers often come with more functionality and sometimes have both warm list and cold mist functionality.

Getting a humidifier for your home is a great idea if you suffer from allergies, have chapped lips, dry skin or suffer from nosebleeds. In fact, everyone can benefit from a humidifier in their home because balancing the level of moisture in the air is essential for a healthy home. Particularly in winter, moisture levels in the air can drop to below the recommended amount and leave people feeling uncomfortable in their home and not knowing why. A humidifier can help fix this.

In comparison to warm mist humidifiers, cold mist humidifiers are generally cheaper. This is because the water is not heated before it is dispersed and therefore will use less energy and do not need so much technology to run. These humidifiers are also a smarter option if you have children in your home, because the boiling water used in warm mist humidifiers can be hazardous if children touch the unit, or the unit is knocked over.

Cold mist humidifiers are also a smart option if you want to use a humidifier all year round; since in the summer months the cool air will bring the temperature down. While we haven’t considered this type of humidifier here, cold mist humidifiers are also the best option if you’re looking to install one for the whole house.


So, without further ado, which cold mist humidifier is the one for you? We take a look at our top 10.

  • PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifi

The PowerPure 5000 is one of the best ultrasonic humidifiers on the market. Put simply, it should be at the top of your list for research when you’re looking to buy an ultrasonic humidifier.

The PowerPure 5000, with its sleek, beautiful design, is a welcome addition to any room. It’s an ultrasonic humidifier, which means it runs using the power of a small plate that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. This technology uses less energy than other kinds of humidifiers, which can help lower the bills. It also means the humidifier can work on both warm mist and cold mist settings, which gives you a handy option when you’re deciding between the two.

The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier can fill large rooms comfortably (up to 700 square feet) without making much noise at all. It features a remote control that gives you the ability to adjust it to your desired humidity levels in the room, while the LCD display screen lets you know the relative humidity levels and temperature. This information is vital if you want to get the best level of humidity in your home.

The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier boasts a permanent ceramic filter that cleans the water in your tank, which means you will not need to buy new parts so frequently and it is less likely to emit air that is contaminated. For your safety there is an auto shut off feature, so when water levels are low the humidifier will turn off.

This is a powerful humidifier that will do the job in almost any home. It is one of the best on the market, and considering the range of features and how reliable it is, it is also great value for money.

  1. Air O Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier

This is an ultrasonic humidifier, and is advertized as being “whisper quiet”. There is no doubting that this is a quiet humidifier. Sure, there is a gentle hum and the occasional bubbling sound, but it is pretty much as quiet as you would expect. This humidifier comes with a useful automatic setting that decides upon the target level of humidity needed in the room and adjusts the output level accordingly.

The humidifier can be effective in a room of up to 600 square feet. There is a timer that can be set in advance for 1 to 8 hours old to run continuously, and it also comes with an auto shut off feature that means it will sleep when the unit runs out of water. This is essential for a long-lasting humidifier since there can be problems involved when a humidifier tries to run on an empty tank.

This humidifier is designed to be three feet away from the ground and away from any heating vents (so the mist is not interrupted or diffused unevenly). This means that it’ll be on show in your home quite prominently, so it’s a good job the unit is an attractive one. Many humidifiers forego looks in exchange for cheapness or basic functionality, but the 7147 does no such thing, managing to look good and work great at the same time.

The main drawback of this humidifier is the cost. Not only is the initial outlay a little more, but you’ll have to replace parts semi-regularly. If you are looking for a quiet model and don’t mind spending a little extra, this could be the humidifier for you. The best part of it is how quietly it runs and how great it will look in your home.

  1. Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier

The Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier provides sweet relief for the effects of dry air conditions. It is designed for large living spaces, and can service an area of up to 1,900 square feet. This makes it perfect for areas such as the lounge, dining room or larger bedrooms.

With such incredible range, it may shock you to find out that prices for the Honeywell humidifier start around $90. This is cheaper than some of the other models on this list with similar sophistication, so if you’re looking for a reliable model with a whole host of  features. The Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier boasts highly evolved technology called Air Washing Technology, which captures dust, dirt and pollen particles in its filter. You will also get a Protec Continuous Cleaning cartridge, which gives you the bonus of running the humidifier for a longer period of time while it refreshes the air around you.

The Protec Antimicrobial filter helps eliminate the hazard of mold or bacteria building up and being pushed around the room. The great thing is that the filter only needs to be replaced about three times during the winter, and costs just $20 each time.

One of the best features of this humidifier is its large 1.7 gallon dual tank. This can last up to 24 hours. All this power and capacity, and it’s still very quiet and low on energy consumption.

If you’re looking for a small unit you can move around the house this won’t be for you, but for those looking for a humidifier for a large room, it’s one of the best out there.

  1. ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is one of the better humidifiers in its price range. The humidifier performs three different functions which set it apart from its competitors. Not only does it humidify the air in your home or office, but it also has a seven color-changing nightlight, and the option of using it with soothing essential oils. If the humidifier is being used to help soothe your flu or cold symptoms, things such as Vicks oils are perfectly compatible with it.

The ReMEDies humidifier has a number of pressure settings available on the easy-to-turn dial which is found in the front of the humidifier. This is extremely useful when getting the right amount of humidity as many humidifiers just have to settings.

This is a compact unit, and would look great on your office desk or anywhere in your home. The ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is excellent value for money with its three-in-one functionality.

  1. Honeywell’s Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier

Honeywell’s Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier is perfect for those with health problems – or those looking to avoid health issues. It kills or renders ineffective up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold and various other harmful allergens.

As well as being great for helping to prevent snoring, this humidifier is extremely quiet, meaning you can use it and get a fantastic night’s sleep. The appliance comes installed with an Air Washing Filter and an Antimicrobial Treated Filter which means you don’t need to buy new filters.

The humidifier has a built-in antimicrobial treated filter which improves quality of the air that it puts out, and the automatic moisture balance system is great for maintaining the temperature of the room. This humidifier can be used in medium-sized room thanks to its range and, because it is a germ-free humidifier, it is the perfect gift for anyone sensitive to germs or allergens.

  1. TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier has been making huge waves in the humidifier industry. For people that use their humidifier frequently and want a sophisticated set up without spending lots, this could be the humidifier for you.

The TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier offers a whole host of features. It has a microporous cartridge that filters the water in a way that is much more effective than normal filters. Normal filters unfortunately fail to remove micro-organisms, calcium and magnesium ions, which this one does. The tank is 1 gallon, so it will last up to 15 hours before needing to be refilled.

One of the best features about the TaoTronics Humidifier is that it is lightweight, and can be easily moved. It is compact and has a pleasant design that allows for it to be placed on a bedside table or a desk. The TaoTronics Humidifier also doubles as a nightlight for children.

With this humidifier you can control the pressure setting on the unit and also the level of humidity that you want to release the mist at. This helps as humidity levels tend to change quite drastically according to the seasons.

This is far from the cheapest model on the list, but it’s definitely one of the easiest and most rewarding to use.

  1. InnoGear® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil

If you’re a smoker or own pets this humidifier could be the one for you. The InnoGear® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil masks many odors. Compact in size, this humidifier will fit well into any room, and the beautiful white color will look neat in your office or home.

With seven changing mood lights including green, blue, yellow, and red, you can easily set the mood with dim and bright modes. You can also make use of the night light which makes it great for children’s rooms. Perfect for small to medium sized rooms like a bedroom, bathroom or lounge, the InnoGear® Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser keeps a room’s air moist, and fragrant.

The InnoGear® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier works for three hours continuously, which isn’t the longest amount of time, but fortunately once it runs out of water it automatically shuts down. With this safety feature, you are able to leave the humidifier on overnight without worrying about it.

  1. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is available in an array of stylish colors, and has a number of useful settings. Suitable for rooms up to 250 square feet in size, this compact unit is energy-efficient thanks to its ultrasonic technology. With additional health benefits, including relief for cough and cold, and nasal congestion, you will be thankful to this humidifier for improving the conditions in your home.

This humidifier can run up to 24 hours, and has an output of 2.3 gallons of moisture. The 360-degree nozzle lets you direct the cool mist wherever you want it to go. This humidifier is also energy-efficient, using less power than a standard light bulb to run. That makes it a relatively powerful unit that is useful in a small to medium sized room. It’s particularly useful

As mentioned above the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier has many benefits including health benefits such as preventing colds and flu, nosebleeds and dry skin. The moisture that humidifier adds to dry air helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating. These include static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture. The stylish humidifier is also super quiet which makes for a good night’s sleep, and is easy to use. It also includes a built-in auto-shut-off feature that engages when the water tank is empty to ensure safety. The whisper-quiet operation helps provide for a good night sleep for everyone.

  1. PureGuardian® H4610 120-Hour Ultrasonic Humidifiers  

The PureGuardian Ultrasonic Humidifier is, quite simply, one of the best humidifiers on the market. The reason it’s not higher up on this list is simply that it costs a little more than most, but for those looking for a real bang for their buck, this could be the one.

This humidifier is very powerful, lasts a long time. It can convert almost a gallon and a half of water in the space of 24 hours. This is great in fairly large rooms, and in small rooms all you need to do is turn the fan speed down. If the speed is turned down, you will be able to run this humidifier for several days without having to change the tank. If you don’t want to be changing the tank every day, this feature is extremely useful.

One slightdrawback of this humidifier is the fact that it does not come with a built-in demineralization filter. Given time, if you do not clean your humidifier properly, it will be vulnerable to building up mineral inside. For this reason it is recommended to purchase a demineralization filter for the unit, which is not costly and will help your machine last longer. As with all humidifiers, you should try to use purified water, too, as this helps the air that is emitted and will mean your humidifier lasts longer.

The PureGuardian H4610 has a sleek design and is useful in medium to large rooms. The drawbacks of the humidifier, i.e. that there is no humidistat and it does not come with a filter, are a little unusual considering the price of the humidifier. It is, however, a powerful unit that will satisfy anyone looking for a better balance of humidity in the air of their home.

  1. PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier

The PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier has a low price tag, and that is a major part of its appeal. While some of the units on this list offer a range of functionality for a big price tag, this model is simple, effective, and cheap.

One great thing about the PuraSense Ultrasonic Hulmidifier is that it comes with an oil tray, which is not something that comes with every humidifier, particularly in the price range, and so it is a nice added bonus. This means that you can put your chosen essential oil into the sponge in a little tray, and the air that is emitted from the humidifier will subsequently be scented. Another feature of this humidifier is that it has a seven color changing light, which can be used as a bedside light in your bedroom.

While it may not have the range of options you’ll find elsewhere, if you’re looking for a humidifier to put in your office or a small room of your home and you don’t want to part ways with a great deal of cash, this is easily one of the most reliable choices on the market.